Reshaping Electronics for Healthcare sector

Sustainability and health are two of the global challenges recognized by UN. Electronics is the pillar that supports the innovation in these sectors. However, current electronic components are non-biodegradable and release toxins in environment, while the implanted electronics is not compatible with soft human tissues. The aim of my research is to overcome these challenges through i) development of novel electronic material library, and ii) next-generation devices with new form factors.

Through green chemistry we have developed novel biodegradable, biocompatible and bioresorbable electronic materials. Printed electronics is the new emerging fabrication technique that allows electronic components, circuits and devices to be put on a desired surface using nanoparticle inks. The synthesized materials are converted in to printable inks to fabricate soft and flexible devices. I will showcase some of the case studies on the application of the materials and flexible devices.

A presentation by Shweta Agarwala, Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Aarhus University.

Interview

Question 1: What drives you?
To be able to contribute in improving human lives and helping tackle societal issues.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To know about next-generation electronics that is suitable for healthcare and biomedical sector

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Printed Electronics Technology, Bioprinting, Biodegradable electronics

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Far reaching in helping build sustainable and eco-friendly solutions.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Commercialization barriers and cost

About Shweta Agarwala
Shweta is tenure-track Assistant professor at ECE, Aarhus University, Denmark and heads ‘Printed Electronics Technology’ laboratory. Her research vision is to build sustainable electronics through soft and biodegradable electronic materials. Her research group is working towards building biodegradable material library with novel electronic functionalities. They are using printing route to enable flexible and bio-electronic device with applications in healthcare, wearables, smart textiles and soft robotics. She obtained her Master’s at the prestigious Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and later defended PhD at National University of Singapore (Singapore). She was a postdoc at the Energy Research Institute in Singapore, and later went to Singapore Centre for 3D Printing to pursue research in printed electronics before travelling to Denmark. Shweta is author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers published in internationally renowned journals, conferences and books. She serves as the chair of IEEE Women in engineering Denmark section, and is an advocate of engaging more females in STEM.

About Aarhus University
Aarhus University is a dynamic, modern and highly international university. Since its founding in 1928, it has grown to become a leading public university with international impact and reach across the entire research spectrum. Aarhus is a great place to study and a great place to work.

Shweta Agarwala is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Medtech Printing Conference.

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